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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# WhatsApp

All time
# Down
Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram back after massive two-hour outage
No, it wasn’t just you.
# Viral challenge
Parents warned over online 'Momo challenge' that encourages children to self-harm
The “Momo challenge” has started to appear on social media platforms in recent days.
# friend request
Facebook wants to merge Messenger with WhatsApp and Instagram
Facebook said that it would make connecting easier for users, while critics said that it was a way of circumventing regulations.
# Finglas
'The loss of a loved one is traumatic enough without this': People asked to report photos of fatal M50 crash
The woman in her 30s who was killed in the incident has been named as Jackie Griffin.
# Noel Rock
Sinn Féin probes derogatory messages in party WhatsApp group about Fine Gael TD
“We need to put some manners on him. Any ideas,” one message said of Dublin West TD Noel Rock.
# column
'The first person who introduced me to WhatsApp was the footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto'
Eoin Butler on the joys of watching and discussing sport through different mediums.
# kidnap rumours
Police arrest 32 in India after latest lynching sparked by WhatsApp rumours
More than 20 people have been lynched in India after being accused of child abduction.
# Fun For All the Family
9 things that you've definitely seen in your family WhatsApp
‘You’ll never guess who died’ is a phrase you see at least once a week.
# line-ups
BBC announce World Cup pundits in 'WhatsApp group' video, Keane and O'Neill part of ITV's team
Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane will also be working for the Beeb in Russia.
# berryfield
Gardaí investigating as video shows cars rampaging through Finglas housing estate
The video has been shared widely across social media and on messaging apps.
# new data rules
WhatsApp bans under 16s from using its app in Europe
The previous minimum age was 13 years old.
# debunked
FactCheck: Is the 'Martinelli' virus real and can it hack your phone through Whatsapp?
Commonly shared around WhatsApp groups, it portends great doom coming to your phone.
# West Dublin
Gardaí on standby to help taxi drivers who raise alarm over suspicious passengers
A number of taxi drivers have been targeted in west Dublin since the end of last year.
# Matthew Horan
Dublin man (26) used WhatsApp and Kik to force children to send him explicit photos
Matthew Horan was found in possession of thousands of child porn images.
# Security Breach
PSNI launches investigation after private image of female officer shared online
It is not yet clear how the image ended up on social media websites.
# Censorship
'We cannot tolerate this': Outcry after Afghanistan bans WhatsApp
Afghan authorities said that it was just “testing new technologies” when explaining the reasons for the ban.
# Research
Doctors in Irish hospitals sharing sensitive patient data on Whatsapp
A research paper has identified the widespread use of WhatsApp at the University Hospital Limerick.
# WhatsApp
Dublin private school suspends two boys for racist abuse and violent threats
The three first-years had been part of a private messaging group.
# Cyber Security
Most people at risk of fraud or hacking through messaging apps, researchers say
Only 14% of people studied were securing their messaging apps properly.
# Inquiry
Male nurse who contacted patient on Whatsapp and Facebook found guilty of professional misconduct
The nurse was also found guilty of non-compliance with the nurses’ professional code of conduct.
# European Commission
Facebook fined €110 million for providing false information on WhatsApp takeover
The social media giant said that any errors it made were not intentional.
# mr price
Store manager shared videos of disabled employee in WhatsApp group for 'merriment'
The sales assistant’s disability is a result of a road traffic accident.
# Investigation
Garda allegedly shared video of woman's arrest on WhatsApp days before she took her own life
The video was subsequently shared on Facebook and was viewed over 100,000 times.
# whatsup
WhatsApp back in service after worldwide blackout
This could be helpful for those following our Live A Better Life series.
# Get Out
The 18 commandments of being in a Whatsapp group
It’s complicated.
# Europol
Crackdown on paedophile ring that uses Whatsapp to share images of child sex abuse
Arrests were made across Europe and Latin America.
# security v privacy
UK government demand access to WhatsApp messages after London attack
It’s been reported that the 52-year-old Briton who killed four people in Westminster used WhatsApp moments before the assault.
# encryption
Whatsapp denies claims of a 'backdoor' into the messages of its 1 billion users
The Facebook owned company has flatly denied a report by The Guardian.
# Take it back
Whatsapp is working on an 'unsend' button for those regrettable drunken texts
# WhatsApp
Text messages are on the way out - but we're eating up huge amounts of data
The new ComReg report also found that Ireland is expensive for home broadband, but relatively cheap for mobile bills.
# rental crisis
Scammers using Whatsapp and Daft to extort money from desperate renters
The property letting website has asked the messaging app for assistance to shut down the scam.
# safe text
'If you think instant messaging is private, you're in for a big surprise'
Amnesty International said more must be done to protect internet privacy.
# Hamburg
Germany has stopped Facebook from harvesting WhatsApp subscriber data
Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection added that Facebook would be required to delete data already received from WhatsApp in Germany.
If you use Whatsapp, your data is about to become the property of Facebook
Julien Mercille explains how you can take steps to protect your data.
# Targeting you
Facebook will get access to WhatsApp phone numbers to hit people with more targeted ads
The newly shared data is likely to prove a valuable commodity for the world’s largest social network.
# fone the doctor
A girl convinced her mam that her face had turned square and it’s gas
“U can’t go out looking like that”
# heating up
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or iMessage - which is your winner?
All the major messaging apps are fighting for the same users as they transform into something more.
# TechKnowHow
Android users, this is the quickest way to access your important WhatsApp chats
Better make some room on your home screen.
# the chat is lit
10 struggles you'll only understand if you're in a group chat
*bzzt* *bzzt* *bzzt*
# alternatives
Now you have two ways to access WhatsApp on your computer
You did realise you could load it up on your browser in the first place, right?